New Race Politics in America: Understanding Minority and Immigrant Politics / Edition 1

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Foreign migration to the United States is dramatically altering the demographic profile of the American electorate. Nearly a third of all Americans are of non-white and non-European descent. Latinos and Hispanics have recently eclipsed African Americans as the largest minority group in the United States. Between 1990 and 2000, Asians doubled the size of their population to more than 4 percent of Americans. Though immigration has altered the racial and ethnic composition of every state in the nation, surprisingly little is known about the consequences of this new heterogeneity for American politics. This book explores the impact and political consequences of immigration. After considering the organizations that mobilize new citizens to politics, the authors examine the political psychology of group consciousness for political mobilization. Finally, they consider the emerging patterns and choices of new voters.

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"This volume asks many essential questions as the US moves into the next century...Volumes such as this one are critical foundations upon which the US needs to be addressing these new realities...Recommended." —Choice

"The book, which focuses on the political participation opinion formation of Latinos, Asian Americans, and African Americans, is a must-read for anyone interested in race and American politics or political participation more broadly...The essays in this book, by raising these issues, have the potential to influence the political responses to these communities, which in turn can affect the cohesion or lack thereof of these minority groups."
Perspectives on Politics, Robin Dale Jacobson, University of Puget Sound

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521854276
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Junn is Associate Professor in the Political Science Department and the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. She is the author of Civic Education: What Makes Students Learn (with Richard Niemi; 1998) and Education and Democratic Citizenship in America (with Norman Nie and Ken Stehlik-Barry; 1996), which won the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award, American Political Science Association. Her research interests include political participation and elections, education and democracy, immigration, and racial and ethnic politics.

Kerry L. Haynie is Associate Department Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science at Duke University. He also co-directs Duke's Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences. He is the author of African American Legislators in the American States (2001), co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Minorities in American Politics, volumes I and II (2000), and has written numerous articles for political science journals.

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Table of Contents

1. New race politics: the changing face of the American electoral landscape Jane Junn and Elizabeth Matto; 2. In whose interest?: political parties, context, and the political incorporation of immigrants Kristi Andersen; 3. Beyond black and white: the experiences and effects of economic status among racial and ethnic minorities Dennis Chong and Dukhong Kim; 4. Activity amidst diversity: political participation among Asian Americans Janelle S. Wong, Pei-te Lien and M. Margaret Conway; 5. Get me to the polls on time: co-ethnic mobilization and Latino turnout Rodolfo O. de la Garza, Marissa A. Abrajano and Jeronimo Cortina; 6. Se habla espanol: ethnic campaign strategies and Latino voting behavior Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto and Jennifer M. Merolla; 7. Structuring group activism: a macro model of black participation Fredrick C. Harris, Brian D. McKenzie and Valeria Sinclair-Chapman; 8. Black elites and Latino immigrant relations in a southern city: do black elites and the black masses agree? Paula M. McClain, Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto, Monique L. Lyle, Niambi M. Carter, Gerald F. Lackey, Jeffrey D. Grynaviski, Kendra Davenport Cotton, Shayla C. Nunnally, Thomas J. Scotto and J. Alan Kendrick; 9. Understanding the new race politics: conclusions and challenges Kerry L. Haynie.

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